Climate Change Protesters Disrupt Congressional Baseball Game – Sierra Club

by | Jul 29, 2022 | Climate Change

As thousands of people streamed up metro escalators to attend this year’s Congressional Baseball Game in Washington D.C, they were met with an unsuspecting group: chanting protesters. The assemblage of activists, ranging from faith leaders and students to environmental justice organizers, call themselves Now or Never. They were there to express their frustration with policymakers for sitting on their hands during a time of climate crisis. Over a chorus of string and wind instruments, they chanted, “If we don’t get it, shut it down!” while marching among the spectators towards National Stadium.The protestors, at least 150 in total, were here to urge leaders in Congress to declare a climate emergency and swiftly pass the deal, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, that Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) brokered the night before. 
As the game prepared to start, the group formed a wall of bodies that blocked attendees from entering. Metropolitan Police assembled along the stadium fence almost as quickly as protesters began to block the center gate. Police erected barriers to direct traffic flow and separated protesters from regular spectators. Before the game started, the first protester was arrested, whisked away by all four limbs, and carried to the nearest police van.  
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